The Rough Guide to Weather / Edition 2

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Whether you’re an adventurer who enjoys wild weather, a traveller seeking climate details for Madagascar or Mumbai, or simply curious about those charts on the evening news, The Rough Guide to Weather is precisely what you need. From world climates and weather science to tips on how to read the sky and make sense of a forecast. Illustrated throughout with photographs and climate charts and useful links to hundreds of Internet resources for every continent, this guide is will help you stay a head of the storm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843537120
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/21/2007
  • Series: Rough Guide Reference Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Henson is a meteorologist and author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change.

Robert Henson is a meteorologist and author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii
The ingredients 1
What's weather, anyway? 3
Welcome to our atmosphere 10
Layers of the atmosphere 14
The Sun and the Earth 18
Where does the wind go? 23
Taking the weather's pulse 30
Sun, sky and colour: the optics of weather 38
Climate zones 44
The wild stuff 51
Rain 53
Snow 57
Freezing rain and sleet 62
Fog 66
Thunderstorms 70
Hail 75
Tornadoes 79
Hurricanes and tropical cyclones 83
Coastal storms 90
Other windstorms 94
Floods 99
Drought 103
El Nino and La Nina 106
Forecasts and how to read them 113
Getting the word out 115
Computer models 123
Reading between the lines 130
Making your own forecast 138
A primer on global change 143
The basics 145
The downs and ups of global warming 149
Wild cards 153
The hole in the ozone 158
Weather around the world 161
Global extremes 164
How to use the city climate charts 166
North America 168
Central America 195
South America 201
Caribbean/Atlantic Islands 219
Europe 225
European holiday islands 276
Middle East 280
Africa 290
Asia 315
Australasia/South Pacific 345
Antarctica/Arctic 358
Resources 361
Books 363
Websites 369
Special-interest Websites 374
Weather agencies around the world 376
Weather and health 380
Weather safety tips 384
Conversions 386
Heat and cold indices 386
Glossary 387
Index 398
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